Walking the Dominguez Gap Wetlands Project

It’s that time of year when I just want to be outside amongst nature. Luckily, we have an abundance of it in SoCal which never ceases to amaze me. Upon first glance it seems like all the natural landscape has been paved over but there’s actually plenty of it – even in the heart of […]

Exploring Lake Tahoe and the Eastern Sierras

Last week I wrote all about my family’s adventures through California Gold Country, the region of the state lying just west of the Sierra Nevada’s. We discovered a beautiful area rich in history but were also eager to discover the Eastern side of the mountain range. Luckily, we did just that as we made our […]

Exploring Lompoc, CA

When I recently attended Wine & Fire it was my first visit to Lompoc. Long familiar with the Santa Ynez Valley I somehow had never wandered west to explorer the historic town just over the Santa Rita Hills. I aimed immediately to remedy that and any moment I had free from the festival I used […]

A Coastal Walk in Palos Verdes

A couple of weeks ago while shopping at Once Upon a Time I came across a book called 10,000 Steps a Day in L.A. Written by Paul Haddad it features 52 10,000 step walks around the LA area. Always looking for unique ways to see the city I eagerly purchased it. I read through it […]

Taking the Ferndell Nature Walk

Once I knocked out two legs of the Weekend Sherpa Adventure Challenge (Deukmejian Wilderness Park and Little Tokyo) I had the finish line in sight and was determined to complete it as quickly as I could. Luckily, I happened to be near Griffith Park one afternoon and decided to my final leg would be the […]

Hiking Deukmejian Wilderness Park

One of my favorite newsletters comes from Weekend Sherpa. Once a week I receive in my inbox a list of recommend hikes in Southern California. I love hiking and often am intrigued by the routes they recommend. Every summer they also hold the Weekend Sherpa Adventure Challenge where any reader who completes three of their […]

Exploring King Gillette Ranch

In all my explorations of Southern California one place I’ve seen little of is the valley. It’s a bit far from where I live and, frankly, it didn’t seem to offer much but record breaking heat. Lately, things started to change. I started to hear about more and more places located in the wide swath […]

Exploring Palos Verdes with Lenny & Larry’s

Palos Verdes is one of the most beautiful spots in Southern California yet I rarely visit it. On my frequent trips up and down the 405 I see it looming to the west and  think, “I should go.” Finally, I headed down there on Saturday morning to walk some nature trails. The awesome thing about […]

Hiking Blackstar Canyon with Rise Bar

full disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. When the new year starts I always have a hankering to head outdoors. Yes, I fall victim to the New Year New Me mantra. I envision myself hiking, eating clean, hitting the gym and becoming a new healthier me. This year I hit a brand new low and…haven’t […]

Visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

After our hike in Andrew Molera State Park we continued down Highway 1 towards home. Soon we came across Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. As this one was on the inland side of the highway we decided to check it out. Near the entrance to the park is Big Sur Lodge. This quaint building is […]